Drivers involved in fatal U.S. car crashes were more often “lost in thought” than distracted by mobile phones, police data show.
Ten percent of U.S. auto accidents that caused death involved at least one motorist who was distracted, Erie Insurance Group said yesterday in a statement on its analysis of national crash data. Daydreaming and being “lost in thought” was the distraction 62 percent of the time, compared with 12 percent for mobile-phone use, Erie said.
It’s interesting that it’s not cell phones, drowsy driving, speeding, or any of the other things that we’ve been told over the years that cause accidents. It’s plain old not paying attention to something that needs constant attention.
What’s even more interesting is that despite their own data, the insurers keep telling people to do or not do the same things that they have always been telling people to do or not do. Keep in mind that distracted driving is a purposely vague term, that can and does encompass just about anything you do in a car that isn’t driving.
The police have a term for this, but it’s likely not one that the insurance companies are likely to use in their advertising. It’s called “Driving HUA”. I’ll leave you fine folks to figure out what that means.
Which brings us to this story,
A former Mount Carmel vice mayor who was investigated on indecent exposure allegations while in office more than two years ago has been arrested after a new complaint was filed.
William Blakely, 30, appears to have a long history of masturbating in the direction of other motorists while driving, with police receiving dozens of complaints over three to four years, reports WNCT. He was finally charged because one victim was able to write down his license plate number during an incident.
Try explaining that to your insurance company.